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Spiffy @ BURN2 VRC Week opening – 30/08/2020

As promised, here is the recording of my show from BURN2 which took place yesterday at 12pm SL Time.

I was the first act on after the opening, which was pretty cool. Sadly, I only had one hour to perform this time around, as the Fashionistas were doing their show at 1pm, but I continued broadcasting on Gorean Whip Radio after my set time was up.

As you’ll hear from my voice-overs, there were many colourful characters attending. Sadly, the lag meant that I was having enough trouble just typing in chat, let alone taking any snapshots, so all the picture you’ll see here were from the soft opening on Saturday 29th with some areas still under construction.

Light Man atop wooden flying saucer
Light Man atop wooden flying saucer
The Man, with his night lights on
The Man, with his night lights on
Cave Art of the Playa
Cave Art of the Playa
Driveable Art Cars - these were doing the rounds during my performance.
Driveable Art Cars – these were doing the rounds during my performance.

The playlist was mostly reggae and ska, in honour of the Notting Hill Carnival which would normally be happening this time of year.

Track Listing:

Dancing On the Ceiling — Lionel Richie
One Love — Bob Marley & The Wailers
Night Boat To Cairo — Madness
Al Capone — Prince Buster
Heads High — Mr. Vegas
I’m in the Mood for Love — Lord Tanamo
Bam Bam — Sister Nancy
Guns of Navarone — The Skatalites
Under Mi Sensi — Barrington Levy
(Poor Mi) Israelites — Desmond Dekker & The Aces
On My Radio — The Selecter
One Step Beyond — Madness
Uptown Top Ranking — Althea & Donna
Double Dutch — Malcolm McLaren
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic — The Police
Double Barrel — Dave & Ansell

All Night Long (All Night) — Lionel Richie
Out In The Streets (VIP) — Africa Hitech
Rivers Of Babylon — The Melodians
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me — Culture Club
Wonderful World, Beautiful People — Jimmy Cliff
Nelson Mandela — Special AKA
Enjoy Yourself — Prince Buster
Red Red Wine — Tony Tribe
Walking On the Moon — The Police
I Got You Babe (feat. Chrissie Hynde) — UB40
007 (Shanty Town) — Desmond Dekker
Why? — The Specials
You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) — Dawn Penn
Rudy, A Message To You — Dandy
Original Nuttah — Shy FX feat. UK Apache
Take Five — King Tubby

Psychedelic sign saying "LOVE IS FREE"
Psychedelic sign saying “LOVE IS FREE”

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Heading to Virtual Black Rock City this Sunday!

Greetings Burn2 VRC Week Performer, We are so happy to have you as a performer. I am confirming your date and time: 8/30 - NOON - Spiffy Voxel - DJ Spitfire
Screenshot from confirmation email 🙂

Sooo… last week I got confirmation from the organizers at Burn2 in Second Life that I’ve got a slot there this coming Sunday at 12pm SLT for the VRC Week event!

As with my previous performance at Burn2 last month, I’m planning on simulcasting across Second Life on Gorean Whip Radio, with the approval of station management. I’d normally be broadcasting at that time anyway, so no danger of conflict with other shows.

I’ve not yet finalised what I’ll play, but since it falls on August Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, when the Notting Hill Carnival would usually be taking place — but not this year, thanks to Covid-19 — I’ll try and fit in some reggae, ska and calypso. 🙂

If you’re around in Second Life on Sunday, you’re welcome to drop by the Burn2 performance stage (note that they’re in the process of building currently, but feel free to have a look around.) Otherwise, you can tune in via Gorean Whip Radio (here’s the stream address), or wait until next week when I’ll upload and post the recording of my set.


In other news, I’ve been doing some more tweaking of my avatar. My search for a new deep blue skin has finally ended — the appropriately named Peacock skin from CORE, which makes my rainbow spot tattoo and makeup really pop! I also found some new mesh eyes that I’m truly happy with, the Hypno from Venge. Unlike a lot of the others I’ve tried, these can be modified, so I could add some glow to them. Perfect for staring down haters and undesirables, or perhaps enthralling the unwary… muwahahahaha! 😀

Photo showing my latest avatar look
Look into my eyes… you are feeling very sleepy… you need to read more of my blog! 😉

You might notice that a few things are missing, namely my ears and antennae. The sad fact is that neither of those items support Bakes On Mesh, meaning it’s much more hassle to texture them, and I cannot apply any shine to them. So, I’ve ditched them for now. On the plus side that reduces my avatar complexity quite a bit, as does the removal of the need for an extra tattoo layer to hide the baked in fingernails and toenails from my previous skin.


That’s all the news for now. I have a review coming up for an alternative mesh body, which I’ll get done and posted later this week. And I’ll try and take some photos from Burn2 on Sunday to share with you all.

Peace and love, stay safe, and look after yourselves and each other! *mwahs*

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Observer or Participant?

This post was prompted by a long piece that Pussycat Catnap wrote on her blog, Observer Fantasy vs Particapatory Fantasy; The role of perspective in how we shape our avatars and characters in SL and other online games.

Have you ever looked at your avatar and thought “well (s)he looks nice” or some other third person observation? Or have you ever looked at thought “well, I look nice”?

Presuming for a second that your avatar actually did look nice to you… which of those two would be the most likely way for that thought to pop into your head?

In other words… are you observing your avatar or becoming your avatar?

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Spiffy @ Burnstock – 25/07/2020

This past Saturday, following my DJ show at Coghaven the previous day, I did a performance at BURN2 in Second Life as part of their Burnstock weekend, which was raising money towards supporting the region and funding their Big Burn in October.

Like many real-world events, the annual Burning Man had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. But its online arm, BURN2, has been picking up the slack with many virtual events throughout the year.

I’ve been to quite a few BURN2 events in Second Life over the past couple of years, but this was my first time performing there.

The screenshot below shows me at the front of the stage with the crowd dancing on the Playa. Behind me there were lots of stage lights and a big screen, you can make out some of the light beams above me.

DJ Spiffy performing at the Burnstock music stage at BURN2 in Second Life

The highlight of my show, however, was that I got to introduce these guys to the stage!

Goddess Oksana & Six Seconds To Russia, rawking out! 🙂

If you’ve never heard Goddess Oksana or her band Six Seconds To Russia performing in Second Life, you’re missing out — they’re a full rock back jamming out from a studio in New York, doing covers of rock and pop songs in their own unique style. 🙂 In the photo above, Oksana is flanked by Lars and Tomas. Behind her, Gunter is on the drums, Tatty and Mariko are on keyboards, and Svetlana is on the saxaphone. I go to their shows whenever I can. 🙂

Below is the recording of my set. I went with a mix of techno, house and assorted electronica. It’s a little bit shorter than normal, as I needed to make sure I finished on time, and you’ll hear me hop off stage early so that SSTR could set up their equipment on the stage.

Tracklist:

Digeridoo — The Aphex Twin
Clear — Cybotron
Lowride — Autechre
Let’s Get Brutal — Nitro Deluxe
Cobolt — Jeff Mills
Tribal Confusion (Inhalation Mix) — E-Culture
Aftermath — Nightmares On Wax
Time to Find Me (Afx Fast Mix) — Seefeel
Drill — Speedy J
Phlax — Jega
From Beyond — Psyche
Technology — Carl Craig
Think City — Luke Slater
Flash Food — Infiniti
The Warning — Suburban Knight
Operation Costs — Lusine
We Are Back — LFO
You Could Feel The Sky — Boards of Canada
Blade Runner (End Titles) — Vangelis

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Spiffy @ City of Coghaven – 24/07/2020

The City of Coghaven, a gathering point for robotic and doll avatars and the people who enjoy their company, is celebrating its 11th anniversary with a week of events. I was asked if I could DJ on the opening day of the celebration last Friday by Silverrain Sucettes, the CEO and owner of the region.

It’s an area that I’m familiar with, even as it has changed and moved across the SL Grid a few times over the years. 🙂

Sadly, I wasn’t able to take any pictures during the event — due to the number of cybernetic and doll avatars present, I was battling lag just DJ-ing, chatting and finding song requests!

[For those unfamiliar with Second Life, many people use scripted devices attached to their avatars to enhance their roleplay experience. These devices allow for the modification of avatar’s speeech and movement, as well as their control by others.]

If you’d like to have a look around the celebration area, start here at the entrance to Sucette Airlines HQ. You have a few more days before the celebration winds down.

The recording of my DJ set is below. I took quite a few song requests, which are shown in italics. I chose a mix of sci-fi songs, mashups and general silliness. 🙂

Tracklist:

Happy Birthday — Altered Images
Whole Lotta Sex Machine — James Brown vs Led Zeppelin
Somebody To Praise (lobsterdust mashup) — Jefferson Airplane vs. Fatboy Slim
Spins like teen spirit – Mashup by FAROFF — Nirvana vs Dead or Alive
Tainted Jesus (lobsterdust mashup) — Soft Cell vs. Depeche Mode
She Said ‘Burn’ — The Temptations and Deep Purple
The Lone Slim Shady — Caravan Palace vs. Eminem (Mashup)

Mr. Roboto — Styx
Automatic Lover — Dee D Jackson
Lithium Flower — Scott Matthew
Living in a Box — Living In a Box

Blitz — Die Alten Maschinen
The Saga Begins — Weird Al Yankovic
Call Me Maybe — Sam Tsui
Star Trekkin’ — The Firm
Iron Man — The Cardigans

Rick Astley Will Never Ever Gonna Give You Up — AVICII vs Rick Astley
Skynet — MASTER BOOT RECORD
Rick With You — Michael Jackson vs Rick Astley
Broken System — Jarkko Rotsten
Kathy’s Song (Come Lie Next To Me) — Apoptygma Berzerk

Wonderwall Of Broken Dreams (Mashup) — Green Day vs Oasis
Sweet Dreams vs. W outME by DJ Zebra — Eminem Vs. Eurythmics
Stayin’ in Black (The Bee Gees + AC DC Mashup) — Wax Audio
Tricky Sandman — Run DMC vs. Metallica

Help Me Dr. Dick — E-Rotic
Ding Dong Song — Günther
Unicorn — Bel Canto
Take Over Control (feat. Eva Simons) — Afrojack
The Dildo Song — Robert D Brookes
House Of The Rising Sun (1993, Unreleased) — Tiny Tim
Love Me Tender — The Human Leg
Allnight rave (2000) — The Gasman
Trapped (Hell Interface Remix) — Colonel Abrahams

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This or That Challenge

I forget who brought this to my attention, but I came across this challenge that Strawberry Linden posted to the Second Life Community Forums back in April where she provided a graphic template for people to fill in showing a summary of their Second Life existence.

Since I really need to blog here more often, I thought I’d give this a go, so here’s my summary:

Spiffy’s “This or That” Second Life Challenge infographic
  • The first two don’t need too much explanation, if you’ve read some of my earlier blog posts. 🙂
  • I currently have both a Premium home and a rental parcel in Second Life. I’m not big on decorating or furnishing, but I do like somewhere to put up artwork and other eye-candy. Plus, I can rez stuff when and where I want. 🙂
  • I tend to fly when I’m travelling long distances, and walk when I’m exploring an area in more detail. I’ve also got some boats that I take out onto the waters around my Premium home, as well as a hoverbike that I sometimes use for exploring the interior of the mainland.
  • I mostly buy stuff, although I’ve done some building in the past, and I’m quite willing to modify stuff I own in order to make it more to my liking.
  • Until recently, I was a hoarder, but now I’ve started getting more ruthless in terms of removing things that I’ll never use.
  • I try not to splurge too much on shopping, and mostly I succeed these days. My insistence on a mostly-pink wardrobe does help curb some retail therapy impulses. I tend to wait for sales or clearances so I can scoop up bargains.
  • I am starting to get my inventory into shape, but it’s slow going because I get overwhelmed easily. So I do a little bit at a time, whenever I’m able to. (To be fair, my inventory is pretty minuscule by comparison to some of my Second Life friends, both because I’ve not been here as long and because I’m not a shopaholic.)

Anyway, I hope that gives some of you a chuckle. 🙂

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Spiffy’s Birthday Special Show – 08/07/2020

Yesterday was my 52nd birthday in Real Life, so I decided to go find out what was the UK No.1 single for this week in each year since I was born. 🙂

Some gems in there, plus a few surprises. Also, a lot of ‘WTF?’ songs, which I decided not to play. Though I might throw those into a future show… 😉

Truth be told, some of the more recent entries served to remind me how out-of-touch I am with current ‘pop’ music. Then again, I’d rather listen to (and purchase) stuff that speaks to me, and not follow the crowd. 🙂

Tracklisting:

1968 — Baby Come Back — The Equals
1969 — Something In The Air — Thunderclap Newman
1970 — In the Summertime — Mungo Jerry
1971 — Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep — Middle of the Road
1974 — She — Charles Aznavour
1976 — You to Me Are Everything — The Real Thing
1978 — You’re the One That I Want — John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
1979 — Are ‘Friends’ Electric? — Tubeway Army & Gary Numan
1980 — Xanadu — Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra
1981 — Ghost Town — The Specials
1982 — Happy Talk — Captain Sensible
1983 — Baby Jane — Rod Stewart
1984 — Two Tribes — Frankie Goes to Hollywood
1985 — Frankie — Sister Sledge
1986 — Papa Don’t Preach — Madonna
1987 — It’s a Sin — Pet Shop Boys
1989 — Back to Life — Soul II Soul
1991 — (Everything I Do) I Do It for You — Bryan Adams
1992 — Take a Chance on Me — Erasure (from Abba-Esque EP)
1993 — Dreams — Gabrielle
1994 — Love Is All Around — Wet Wet Wet
1996 — Killing Me Softly With His Song — Fugees
1998 — Because We Want To — Billie Piper
1999 — 9 PM – Till I Come — ATB
2000 — The Real Slim Shady — Eminem
2001 — Another Chance — Roger Sanchez
2002 — A Little Less Conversation — Elvis Presley & JXL
2003 — Crazy in Love (feat. Jay-Z) — Beyoncé
2006 — Hips Don’t Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean) — Shakira
2007 — Umbrella (feat. JAY-Z) — Rihanna
2009 — Evacuate the Dancefloor — Cascada
2010 — California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) — Katy Perry
2013 — Love Me Again — John Newman
2014 — Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) — Ariana Grande
2017 — Despacito — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
2018 — Shotgun — George Ezra

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Spiffy’s Sunday Supplement – 05/07/2020

First off, apologies for the radio silence (pun intended) most of last week — I wasn’t feeling well, so didn’t do my mid-week show.

Also, I’m late posting this because I forgot to do this on Monday. Bite me, I’m allowed senior moments! 😛

Anyways, here’s Sunday’s show recording plus tracklisting. Unfortunately, one song decided that it didn’t want to play, so the show is a little shorter than normal. Theme was chill-out. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

Glass Bird Movement — ISAN
Ransom Notes — SOHN
Sel Alterat — Boc Scadet
Gniddt – Arovane
Seq Changing Airborne — The Flashbulb
Lit — Kiasmos
Eagles Above — Teen Daze
Offal Waffle — Little People
Maghellen — Bola
Away From — Robot Koch
Nat’s Twirly Mug — Kelpe
Several — Christian Kleine
Blooms Eventually — Pulseprogramming
New Bimple — µ-Ziq
Rustdusk – Kiln
Levite — Vladislav Delay
Smile — kaito
Second Sense — Jon Hopkins
Analogue Bubblebath — Aphex Twin

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Spiffy’s Sunday Supplement – 28/06/2020

I had a hiccup with the broadcast, the sound cut out at my end and then the music froze while I was rerouting the audio, so I had to stop and start the streamer to get things going again. Thankfully, I didn't lose the recording, and was able to stitch the whole show together again once I was off-air. —Spiffy

I decided to go with a New Jack Swing theme for today’s show. 🙂 It was fun to put together the playlist, and I’ve not heard some of these songs in a very long time. Yes, there is some fruity language in the lyrics, just so you know. 😉

Tracklist:

My Prerogative — Bobby Brown
Poison — Bell Biv DeVoe
Around the Way Girl — LL Cool J
Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix) — SWV
Don’t Walk Away — Jade
I Want Her — Keith Sweat
Uhh Ahh (Remix) — Boyz II Men
Groove Me — Guy
Rumors — Timex Social Club
Casanova — Levert
Sensitivity — Ralph Tresvant
Nite and Day — Al B. Sure!
The Rain — Oran “Juice” Jones
Return of the Mack — Mark Morrison
If I Had No Loot — Tony! Toni! Toné!
This Is How We Do It — Montell Jordan
Now That We Found Love (feat. Aaron Hall) — Heavy D. & The Boyz
I Wanna Sex You Up (Single Mix) — Color Me Badd
I Love Your Smile — Shanice
Hold On — En Vogue
Freek’n You — Jodeci
Real Love — Mary J. Blige
Do the Right Thing — Redhead Kingpin

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Spiffy Probes Your Ears! 24/06/2020

I’m going to start posting the recordings of my radio shows and DJ sets here, usually the day after they go out. This is from my mid-week show Spiffy Probes Your Ears which I broadcast from The Hold of Axe Fjord in Second Life yesterday at 12pm Pacific Time / 8pm UK time.

I decided to go with a house / techno / electronic mix this week, to keep things upbeat. 🙂 Lots of SL17B talk throughout the show too.

Playlist:

Rheji Burrell & The Utopia Project — Epiphany
Ben Hixon & JT Donaldson — D.I.P
Bruise — Jagged Angels
Denham Audio — Make U Move
Ciel & Ali Berger — Damn Skippy!
Sweely — I Gotta Keep On (S.R Piano Remix)
Rheji Burrell & N.Y. House’n Authority — 4th Time
Mezey & Nosho — Zeus Dub
Galcher Lustwerk — Speed (AceMoMa Remix)
Private Press — Untitled A2
Chicken Lips — Goldenlips (DJ Sotofett’s Golden Funk Mix)
Cooper Saver — Pacific Visions
Earth Boys — Got It To Work
Patrice Scott — Rain Dance
Kick.S — Amadeus
Hieroglyphic Being — Side 2 Side (Black Hands Version)
Mano Le Tough — Kind Of